You probably don’t give it much thought, but your propane tank is a pretty amazing thing. It holds the fuel that powers your daily life, and has a variety of safety features to protect your family while it does. So whether you’re new to propane, or have been using it for years, you should take a few minutes to get to know your propane tank.
Here’s a rundown from Propane101.com.
Propane tanks are subject to a few safety requirements. These are usually things you can see at first glance, like:
The tank color – Propane tanks must be painted a reflective color. Read our tank paint blog post for more information.
Regulator position – Propane regulators are required to be covered or pointed down to prevent debris from entering the tank.
Though the requirements can usually be seen at first glance, the parts of your propane tank are a little more complex. They play an important role in both your safe use of the tank and the propane company’s safe and easy servicing of the tank. Here are a few important parts:
Fill valve – This is where the hose from delivery truck is attached to the tank for re-fueling.
Relief valve – This safety valve is designed to vent propane when pressure builds up.
Service valve – Where propane is converted from a liquid to a vapor so it can be used in your home.
Fixed liquid level gauge – This gauge indicates the level of propane is at or above 80% capacity.
Float gauge – This gauge lets you see how much propane is in the tank by volume. It is sometimes called a dial gauge.
Vapor return valve – This connection is used during propane delivery to remove excess tank pressure.
Liquid withdrawal valve – This valve is used to remove liquid propane from the tank.
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